Cuisine’s Tiny Test Kitchen: Sean Brock’s Grilled Hangar Steak with Vidalia Onion Gratin

Sean Brock's Cookbook: Heritage

Sean Brock’s Cookbook: Heritage

The Project: Make It Work  household is just full of cool people.  Our housemate and favorite photo editor at People Magazine, Ben Trivett, had the opportunity to test out a recipe from amazing chef Sean Brock’s (see: Mind of a Chef, Season 2, PBS) new cookbook, Heritage.

Ben prepared the recipe as part of’s new column Tiny Test Kitchens, featured here.

We of course, got to partake in the delectable meal for four, and it was a special treat.  Below is a before and after photo, taken by Ben.  You can see and read more about the cooking process at’s Great Ideas.

Sean Brock's Grilled Hangar Steak and Vidalia Onion Gratin Ingredients, prepared by Ben Trivett

Sean Brock’s Grilled Hangar Steak and Vidalia Onion Gratin Ingredients

Sean Brock's Grilled Hangar Steak and Vidalia Onion Gratin Ingredients

Sean Brock’s Grilled Hangar Steak and Vidalia Onion Gratin Prepared by Ben Trivett

Check out the article AND the cookbook for more great recipes from a wonderful chef!

“Chef” The Movie Inspires Culinary Adventures


Chef The Movie Header

We have been waiting to stream “Chef” at home for quite some time, and last night, we finally got to see it.  The passion project written, directed by, and starring John Favreau, includes John Leguizamo,  Bobby Cannavale, Sophia Vergara, Dustin Hoffman, Scarlett Johanssen, and a huge string of other big names in the cast.  The movie itself, though, is not about the big stars you see, it is about the story.  We love food, and this film showcases characters passionate about food, cooking, and making people happy by feeding them.

We’re such jaded New Yorkers, that as we watched, we kept waiting for something terrible to happen after the primary plot twist, but it just didn’t.  This was a story about believing in working hard at something that makes you happy and hoping that it works out.  It’s about how kitchens work when you build the right team, and it has some amazing camera work making the food look delectable, teasing your taste buds.  Some of the focus on the art of food happened with the help and tutelage of Roy Choi, famous food truck chef, and culinary genius.

The film also focuses on social media, and how it can make AND break you.  Not only that, but most of the big promotion for the film was done strictly through social media, with additional advertising on Bravo’s Top Chef tv show.

Here is how the #ChefMovie website summarizes the plot:

“When Chef Carl Casper (Jon Favreau) suddenly quits his job at a prominent Los Angeles restaurant after refusing to compromise his creative integrity for its controlling owner (Dustin Hoffman), he is left to figure out what’s next. Finding himself in Miami, he teams up with his ex-wife (Sofia Vergara), his friend (John Leguizamo) and his son to launch a food truck. Taking to the road, Chef Carl goes back to his roots to reignite his passion for the kitchen — and zest for life and love.”

There’s nothing else to say but, SEE IT! (Trailer here)


Once you try Wasabi Potato Salad, You’ll Never Go Back

Wasabi Potato Salad

Wasabi Potato Salad

Like Kaiyu Ho over at Saucy Spatula, we too, have become addicted to the spicy, creamy, crunchy salad, that clears your sinuses and gives you that comfort food feel in your tummy.  We also attribute our recent addiction to the recipe of the geniuses at Asia Dog, who recently opened a food counter in the new and ever-so-popular Berg’n Beer Hall in Brooklyn. (Please eat the Katsu Crunch Corn Dog immediately)

We happen to have a dinner party event coming up, where each of our friends is making a pork belly recipe for all party goers to try and then judge.  We felt like this amazing salad would be the perfect, fresh compliment to the pounds of pork on everyone’s plate.  Of course, we’re going to sprinkle a touch of JD Food’s Bacon Salt on top, just for that added pork tribute.

JD Food's Bacon Salt

JD Food’s Bacon Salt

Try the recipe yourself by clicking on Saucy Spatula’s Photo.